Girls’ Unhealthy Sexual Behaviors —
Programs for Girls Ages 12-21

Girls in Indian Oaks Academy’s Unhealthy Sexual Behaviors Programs have been sexually, physically, or emotionally abused.

Unheathy sexual behaviors programing for girls addresses sexuality, family and peers, chemical abuse, and vocational planning in a holistic, individualized manner. Emphasis is placed on building trust and respect and discovering the value of positive relationships. The highly individualized programming also addresses educational, recreational, and vocational goals.

Gender-responsive treatment works to help girls develop a sense of value in today's society, empower them to define their boundaries, and encourage them to grow into emotionally healthy and independent women. Many of the young women in this program have been victims of sexual abuse and/or physical abuse and have primary safety issues, lack of self-esteem, and have demonstrated sexually problematic behaviors. We work through the client's victimization to help them understand healthy sexual boundaries and healthy sexual behaviors.

Trauma-focused treatment takes place within a safe and respectful environment in which these young women learn to accept responsibility for their behavior, gain empathy for others, and practice making healthier choices. Family is integral to the treatment process, and is involved at all stages.


The Soundwaves program provides residential treatment for adolescent females, ages 12-21, who have demonstrated unhealthy and harmful problematic sexual behaviors. Sexuality therapy addresses inappropriate sexual behaviors and the resolution of personal victimization issues.


Program: Soundwaves

Youth Served: Females 12-21

Treatment Needs: Unhealthy, harmful, and problematic sexual behaviors

Program Model/Services

  • Average length of stay from 9-18 months
  • Individualized treatment programming including family, group, and individual therapies
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family involvement in all aspects of treatment


  • Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA)
  • Licensed as a Child Care Institution by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Safe Harbor School accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI)
  • Medicaid eligible (Medical coverage only)

Referrals from the Following

  • Department of Juvenile Services
  • Departments of Social Services
  • Core Service Agencies
  • Parents

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